Nikole Hannah-Jones Named 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Grant Winner

  • By Ellen Lai
John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
MacArthur Foundation

The MacArthur Foundation named Nikole Hannah-Jones to its fellowship program, an honor given to “extraordinarily talented and creative individuals” that comes with a $625,000 grant.

Hannah-Jones has chronicled the persistence of racial segregation in American society, particularly in education, reshaping national conversations around education reform. Her personal account of her own experience as a parent in New York City’s public system, “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City,” won a National Magazine Award.

In 2015, she co-founded the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting with the goal of increasing the number of reporters and editors of color.

She also sits on the CUNY J-School Foundation‘s Board of Directors.